The Colorado ski season is heading into prime time, as we approach the Super Bowl. A great time to hit the slopes before we get invaded by spring breakers. And let’s face it, do you really care about the Super Bowl with such obnoxious teams as Philly and KC, so why not put your ski legs to work. (Super Bowl Sunday is actually a great day to ski.)
Conditions are great for our prime mountain slopes, courtesy of another El Nino year that pounds our ultra-high country region, while leaving us rather unscathed, until March and April. The ski mountains haven’t got quite the pounding they did several weeks ago, but it’s been a great season, according to our local experts.
On a regular basis, and with the help of local sponsor 315 Survival, your prime local spot for skin tuning, equipment and needed advice. Make sure to pay them a visit, prior to your next trip to the mountain. 315 is located in the Safeway shopping center and sports unique outdoor equipment, and right now is doing some prime ski tuning.
TMJ will publish the most updated reports, based on updates from leading online sources. If anyone has any good ski stories , or tidbits to share with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of requirements: Don’t ever take any pointers from TMJ staff members. I (Rick Langenberg, editor) was fired years ago as a family tour guide after a lost sojourn into the back slopes of Snowmass that almost took on glimpses of Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air” disaster; and then after nearly killing several people in the back bowls of Cooper from excursions that didn’t quite work out. Both are long stories, that require many beverages of choice. And the great thing about skiing is these stories improve with age.
But don’t waste any time, talk to Eric and 315 Survival and then hit the slopes; tell your employers you are sick, as mid-week trips are best. Throughout the next few months, we will offer regular reports and needed anecdotes along the way.
Enjoy our many Power Days.
The following is the most updated ski information as of last weekend, regarding some of our favorite mountains, based on the Colorado Ski Country and Colorado Ski Central websites, along with our own analysis. Enjoy.
Monarch: Snow Base-50 Inches, Runs Open 67, Percentage of Terrain Open 100
Comments: The locals favorite place for snow; shorter runs than most places, but very convenient. Seven Inches of snow in last seven days.
Arapahoe Basin: Snow Base-52 Inches, Runs Open 134, Percentage of Terrain Open 92
Comments: Never a bad day at the Basin; parking sometimes a problem. Pick a day, though, with sun, as sometimes gets really cold. Nine Inches of snow in last six days.
Loveland: Snow Base-45 Inches, Runs Open 86, Percentage of Terrain Open 91
Comments: Another great local gem, pounded with considerable snow and like A-Basin, stays open well longer than other mountains. Seven inches of snow in past seven days.
Breckenridge: Snow Base-46 Inches, Runs Open 186, Percentage of Terrain Open 99
Comments: Call in sick during week; try to avoid Breck on the weekend, but can’t beat the close distance from Teller County and their local happenings. Six inches of snow in last seven days.
Keystone: Snow Base-40 Inches, Runs Open130 Percentage of Terrain Open 100
Comments: Ideal mountain for families and kids. Underestimated for the great amount of tree runs. Six inches of snow in the last seven days.
Copper Mountain: Snow Base-55 Inches, Runs Open 151, Percentage of Terrain Open 110
Comments: Probably the best laid-out mountain; great back bowls, although access is sometimes tricky. 10 Inches of snow in last seven days.
Ski Cooper: Snow Base-32 to 42 Inches, Runs Open 63, Percentage of Terrain Open 98
Comments: Secret gem for telemark skiing; and for advanced intermediates, check out the Snowcat tours. Can’t beat the small, family atmosphere, almost brings back memories of skiing before the big resorts. Four inches of snow in past seven days.
Vail: Snow Base-70 Inches, Runs Open 197, Percentage of Terrian Open 72
Comments: Colorado’s biggest and most well-known mountain resort. Great, but try during the week due to the crowds. 12 Inches of snow in past seven days.
Aspen (Aspen, Snowmass and Aspen Highlands): Snow Base-38 to 63 Inches, Runs Open 76, Percentage of Terrain Open 100 Percent
Comments: Check out Aspen Highlands for diversion and views from the top. Only crazies at the peak, but you can’t beat the views. Snowmass probably the best mountain in state for blue skiers. Much better conditions reported at both the Highlands and Snowmass. Not much in last three days at Aspen.
Crested Butte: Snow Bass-58 Inches, Runs Open 115, Percentage of Terrain Open 72 Percent
Comments: The acclaimed T-Bars, access to the Butte’s Extreme Limits Terrain is now open. Tours are often provided to this section, under guided supervision. Worth checking out, if you are an advanced intermediate-plus skier. Get your snow legs ready. 14 inches of snow in last seven days.
Telluride: Snow Base-44 to 50 Inches, Runs Open 138 Percentage of Terrain Open 90
Comments: Their blacks are definite blacks, so Plunge down the Plunge run with care. No mountain in Colorado rivals the views at Telluride. A couple inches of snow in the last five days.
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